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. allen west is now down in the latest poll to his democratic opponent patrick murphy. down 48%-47%. he could pull it out with the margin of error, but if it would be awesome if he lost. andth t tea anono p parartyty nolan winning 48-44 right now. he used to be a congressman as well. it will be interesting to see how that plays out. and then ami bera against dan lundgren, a long-time republican. it could go either way that long-time republican could lose his seat. then my favorite, tammy duckworth versus joe walsh. well joe, it was nice knowing you. why is he down so much? it may be comments like this. >> they wants the hispanic vote.
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they want the hispanic dependent on government. just like they have african-americans dependent on government. >> there is no exemptions. >> don't blame the marketplace for the mess we're in now. i'm tired of h >> pick this president up, pat him on the head and say son son. >> cenk: well, we're about to pat you on the head and say son, son son there's the friggin' door, enjoy it. i wish the host had predicted this earlier hmm. >> joe walsh, the clown of the earth. he thinks on medicare you have to double down, go harder at it. he's first-termer. he's going to be wanted out. i would be surprised if he survived that first term. he's a bull in the china shop. he has no idea what he's doing. >> cenk: that was only a year and a half ago. hey joe you know what this is?
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i've got a personal one for you. elbow from the sky--bye bye. now, all of you stay right here because we've got a whole other hour of "the young turks" coming. and wait until you get a load of me on climate change, washington, new york, you've done nothing about it. that anger when we return. >> lots of flooding, let's of rain, lots of win. >> the beach is usually 100-yard long before you get to the beach. >> fema personnel are working with state and local governments. >> there are things flying off the roof here. >> 30-foot waves on top of 10 to 11 to 12-foot storm surge. >> this is not a time to be stupid. >> the national guard is not too far from husband.
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>> a lot of people are endureing very difficult times. >> 900 miles wide. that's the tropical storm. >> the crane is dangling above west 56th street. >> sandy has everyone scrambling. >> i'm not worried about the impact on election. i'm worried about the impact on families. >> this is what we live for. >> cenk: all right "viewpoint" is not on the air today because they're in new york, and obviously all of new york is suffering through storm sandy and i can give you the latest. in fact, it just made ground fall in southern new jersey as we speak. the winds are still up to 60 to 80 mph. we've got coastal flooding and 2 million people without power already. on top of that we just also heard unfortunately we have our first storm-related fatality in maryland. so obviously the storm is very, very serious and it should not
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be surprising to those who have been listening about climate change. unfortunately the media hasn't. reporters as they're hit in the phrase with this storm. >> they're really worried about what is behind me. >> we've been pounded for 40 continuous hours. >> now you can barely stand up. >> sorry, just getting pelted. >> okay, whoa, whoa, hey guys. whoa. >> there's things flying off actually the roof here. >> now 100 miles out there are those two survivors two people are missing in the surf. >> you look--this does not look good. it looks like the sandy walk away out to the beach is actually got my foot stuck. you can see not a good--not a pretty picture here.
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>> peter, take it easy out there. >> i'm okay. >> she signed up for this. this is what we listen for here. >> anybody come down here to take a picture don't go this way out to the beach. >> cenk: this is what we live for, but do we cover it accurately? there were 94 men's of hurricane sandy in the newspapers. not one mention of climb climate change. if you remember, the climate change was asked by none of the moderators in any of the presidential or vice presidential debates. when candy crowly was asked about that, she was one of the moderators of the presidential debate. here's what she said. >> climate change, i had that question for all you climate change people. we just--again we knew the economy was still the main thing. so you knew you wanted to go with the economy. >> cenk: oh, you climate change people. it's like a little niche that
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care about the planet, that care about giant storms hitting us left and right and care about record temperatures being broken and record floods and record floods. you climate change people, we didn't have time for you. that's only the planet. that's the media ignoring planet change. how about the republicans? well, of course they think it's a joke. listen to what romney said during his convention acceptance speech. >> president obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans. [ laughing ] and to heal the planet. my promise is to help you and your family. [ cheering ] >> cenk: unless of course your family is in the middle of hurricane sandy good luck to
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you. i'm not going to help you at all. they literally think the climate change is a punch line. the planet, it's getting warmer. isn't that funny as your family is in great danger over it. ha ha, ha, ha, yeah, really funny. really appreciate it. who are the people who are putting any of this into doubt in the first place? of course, the republicans. listen to this crap that they pedal out of "daily basis"." >> how do you explain the heat? summer. we have hot weather, get over it. >> that global warming thing is really kicking into high gear, isn't it. >> the issue of global warming has been fortified through substantial number of scientist who is have manipulated data. >> the last year has established as a whole premise of man-made global warming is a hoax. >> the science is bad. >> unproven science. >> that has yet to be proven
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and i highly doubt it's going to happen any time soon. >> still a scientific theory that has not been proven. >> cenk: that's the media. that's the republicans. when you turn to the democrats i wish i had good news for you. but president obama hasn't been that much better in his results. now he was recently on mtv kind of like candy crowly, he views it as a niche-type-of-topic. >> obama: we're not moving as fast as we need to. this is an issue that further generations, mtv viewers are going to have to be dealing with, even more than the older generation. this is a critical issue. there is a huge contrast in this campaign between myself and governor romney. i'm surprised it didn't come up in one of the debates. >> cenk: here's how it could have come up, if you brought it up. did you notice, you mtv viewers i guess you care about this because you'll be around when things get really bad. although things are getting bad now. and he said he has a much
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different record than mitt romney. let me show you the good portions of his policies. he would double fuel economy for cars by 2025. he would increase solar and wind energy and eliminate $4 billion in annual tax breaks for oil and gas companies. he's tried to do that, and of course the republicans have blocked it. that's the good. let's show you the bad. the copenhagen summit which so many people had great hopes for that pretty much got nothing done. they had a voluntary agreement--wow. he has basically abandoned cap and trade. no question the republicans fought him on that, but there was no second effort at all. he has approved the southern half of the keystone pipeline and i tell you the minute he's elected--not the minute, i like to be accurate--but when he's re-elected he'll approve the northern half as well. and of course he brags how he has done more drilling than
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george w. bush. which is true. now here is president obama talking about in the second presidential debate about how great he is at oil drilling. >> obama: we have increased oil production to the highest levels in 16 years. natural gas production is the highest it's been in decades. we have seen increases in coal production. >> romney: more drilling, more permits and licenses. >> obama: yes, we still continue to open up new areas of drilling. we continue to make it a priority for us to go after natural gas. >> romney: we're going to bring that pipeline in from canada. how in the world the president said no to that pipeline, i will never know. >> obama: we have opened up public plans. we're drilling more on public lands than the previous administration and the previous president was an oil man. >> romney: more drilling and more permits and licenses. >> obama: we made the largest investment in clean coal
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technology. >> romney: in the last four years you cut lances on federal land and waters in half. >> obama: not true. >> romney: how much did you cut them. >> obama: not true. governor, we produced more oil. >> cenk: yeah, i'm more pro-oil more pro-coal and then i brag that i drill more than president bush. and then bragging how romney isn't pro coal enough. i was. >> listening to governor romney talking about how he was the champion of coal. when he was the governor, he stood in front of a coal fire plant and said this plant kills people. now he's running around talking like he's mr. coal. come on. come on. you know that's not on the level.
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does anybody ever actually look at that guy and think he's really into coal? >> cenk: ha, ha, ha, romney is not into coal enough. if you elect an democrat we'll really be into coal. even into coal even more. climate change, mtv who gives a damn about that. and did it help? did your strategy a piece oil and coal, did it help? no, super pacs run by the coal and oil industries are running this ad against president obama any way. >> we can build on that rock for generations to come. but our current leadership in washington has taken us down a different path. a path paved by heavy-handed epa regulation. a path relying on facts not fuel. a path leading away from energy independence. a path that fails to recognize low-cost energy and desirable
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high-paying jobs. >> cenk: yeah, nonsense. the reality is president obama has been terrific in weakening regulations. let me give a quote from the "washington post." obama has actually finalized fewer regulations than either clinton or bush at the same point in their terms. thank you for being more right wing than those guys. how about the issue of drilling and coal? look at this, 241 million more oil barrels under president obama's first three years than under the last three years of george w. bush. 75% increase in drilling rigs from 29 to 2011. u.s. oil production at the highest level since 1997. and most permits for deep water drilling since '07 even though we had the bp disaster happen on his watch. you're not going to outdrill. you're not going to out-coal president obama. how is it that climb climate change
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working for president obama? would you brag about it? why do they do it, it's the money, lebowsky, of course it's the money. look at how much the oil company spent, $167,000 spent every day lobbying congress. every $1 spent on lobbying is equivalent to $30 worth of tax breaks that they get from the american people. and finally where did the money go? it went largely to romney any way. was it worth it for $720,000? romney got $4.7 million from the oil cop. the republicans win any way. and we all lose because we're right now in the middle of climate change, and we don't have any politicians or almost any media who give a dam or plan
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to do anything about it. that's unfortunately the cold, hard reality. all right now when we come back we got a lot more for you on the storm. in fact, here is the view of new york. the flooding has begun. just ignore it because oil companies will make it all better. the answer to more drilling. and then bill clinton campaigning for president obama and how is it going to work? we'll have the numbers in ohio for you which are critical to the election. >> let's give the job to the man who has done the job so he can finish the job. >> cenk: yeah, 50/50. not so much. all right, later in the program you'll enjoy this. a he will elbow on the head. what for? awesome hypocrisy. stick around for the elbow of the day.
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>> cenk: as we told you sandy has made landfall ten minutes ago, longer than that, in new jersey. it has affected many of the areas around new jersey as well. that was a picture of new york that we are a looking at on 57th street where a crane is suspended over head and everyone is worried to death over that. that is a building that we've done a story about--that has a $90 million apartment in it. this storm is taken a little more serious, it's affecting the rich--wow. we'll talk about that later in the show. when asked about the possible implications of the election, this is what president obama said. >> obama: i'm not worried about the impact of the election. i'm worried about the impact of families and on our first responders. i'm worried about the impact on our economy and on transportation. the election will take care of itself next week. >> cenk: nice standard answer.
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nothing wrong with that. let's turn to the election and see where things stand. i want to give a sense of what to look out for on election day. i'm call it o-win. in order for president obama to win he needs four states other than the ones he has locked up already. that's o for ohio, and right now election of polls at "huffington post" is looking at, not just one poll but a collection. 48.4%-45.7% lead for president obama. the likelihood that president obama has an actual lead based on the polls is 97%. that doesn't mean that he has a 97% chance of winning ohio. it just means that he has 97% of leading today in ohio. now wisconsin 49.8%-46.0%. probability of the lead today is 98.5%. then you go to i had iowa.
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another somewhat comfortable lead for president obama. probability of his lead is 95.3%. and then in nevada, 49.7%-46.4%, and again 98.1% chance that he actually has got the lead in that state. when you look at 95% and above in the four states that he absolutely has to win--he could lose every other state, florida, virginia, all the other swing states, north carolina, he still gets 277 electoral votes and continues to be president of the united states. so as we get all those national polls that make people panic understand that this is a collection of polls and it doesn't look so bad. it looks pretty good, in fact. now of course, a deal now to cinch the deal in ohio they send bubba.
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>> we went to florida last night. he said, i got to go back right now. this storm is getting out of hand. i got to handle it. i said mr. president that is the right call. >> cenk: all right. now we're going to bring in our political correspondent michael shure and on the phone congressman tim ryan from the great state of ohio. which is logical. congressman ryan, what is your sense of the state of the race in ohio? >> it's very close. a lot of polling has us up three or four points within the margin of error. there are several polls that have it neck and neck. we're doing really well on the ground game. there's--we've surpassed the 2008 number for early voting and obama is taking that at about 60%-30%. that's coming online. the weather has been bad. it's been cold and rainy. it's supposed to be nice
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starting friday, saturday, sunday, in which that will be solid for us to be able to get out the early vote the weekend before the election. but it's going to be close cenk. i mean, this is going to come down to the ryan. we're going to need people who will go out continue to volunteer and make sure that our voters get to the ballot box and that's how we're going to win. it will be a ground game. it will be grinding it out and it will be close right down to the wire. >> cenk: congressman ryan, i want to ask you about that ground game in a second. stay with us. michael, let me quickly ask about early voting that congressman ryan mentioned there. how much difference does it make that president obama has the lead. >> it's a significant lead. they measure it by party not valley vote because they're not in there counting the ballots. it's also a more popular thing to be doing. more democrats are out there doing it. it will have a huge impact,
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especially with weather as a factor, the fact that it's trending in important states. there are a couple of states where the republicans are outvoting democrats but in ohio, a credit key state, it's part of your owen strategy. i'm partial to that i have a son named owen. >> cenk: you talked about the ground game, and that's obviously critical. now a lot of analysts are saying that president obama's ground game is more critical than romney's. but it's not just romney's ground game you have all these outside groups the americans for prosperity, and other groups that also have ground games also in ohio. is it possible that they could match the ground game in ohio? >> they really could. it's not romney's campaign, it's more the republican national committee who is doing a lot of it. their base is hate obama.
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they're very energized to get out, and yeah, i wouldn't sit around and smoke cigarettes and say we got a great ground game and look at what we did in '08. we've got all these offices open and we've got the vote on the early vote, it's trending our way. this is going to come down to the wire. they've got a sophisticated game. as much as we dislike the campaign that mitt romney is running, as much as we dislike his position, as much as we see how much he flip flops on these issues and the latest is the china deal in ohio with completely being dishonest about the whole thing, you got to respect their ground game. i've been around--i'm not that old, but i've been in ohio politics enough to know that in '04 we thought kerry had it, and karl rove ground it out. they had an issue on the ballot
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on gay marriage that drove out the base. this time they don't need that on the ballot because they just have this hatred for barack obama, and they're going to come out and vote and they'll be there on election day. we've got a lot of work to do. it will come down to the wire. we need to respect their ground game, and just go out and finish the last seven days here and finish hard. >> cenk: congressman one quick question here. as you look at that jeep story and how they're running all those as deceptive ads that they're going to take jeep jobs to china. do you think they'll be able to counter those effectively enough in the next couple of days. >> i think so. i just saw an ad going up today and tomorrow, the response ad. it's really hard hitting. it goes through the position that romney took, and then chrysler's and jeep's response to what he said about china.
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then his last line is wrong then, dishonest now. i think that plays into the narrative that people have for romney. you know, there are still some undecided voters out there. this is going to hurt. this is going to hurt him. it's just a blatant lie that i think it will be effect, and the obama game is countering that, and i think it will be helpful in the last week. cenk i think this may be where he jumps the shark. this is where he gets way out over his skis on an issue that is so personal to people in ohio and so blatantly false and not rebutted by biden or obama or clinton or me or those up in toledo. it's been rebutted by chrysler and jeep and they smacked him right out of the gate. i think that will have an affect on the voters in ohio and those who may not have made a decision yet. >> cenk: tim ryan from ohio, thank you for joining us. >> great to be with you.
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>> cenk: thanks, michael, as well. we'll have more from michael a little bit later. next up we're going to discuss whether obama has gone too far in conceding to the republicans and what he promises he'll concede later and we'll have more on the storm as well. >> obama: i will go to capitol hill. i'll wash john boehner's car. i'll walk mitch mcconnell's dog. politically direct lineup. only on current tv. vote smart. our democracy depends on an informed electorate.
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>> winds are getting rough. streets are starting to flood as we get closer to high tide. it's likely that we're going to see flooding in this area. we'll go inside where it's safer. in that situation i will see what is going on, and figure out what the next step is going to be. >> cenk: you're looking at the citizen journalist we've used before. he's now in new york. you're seeing pictures of flooding in new york. this has just barely made landfall in new jersey. unfortunately, we also have our first fatality in queens. we had one in maryland. this was a fallen tree because of a storm. now another fatality in queens. that's the update on the storm. now let's turn to the campaign again.
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they endorse mitt romney. what on god's green earth were they thinking? their editor rick green was talking on msnbc and he had this explanation. >> there seems to be a gridlock in washington. that's not a surprise to you. that's not something that we've not heard on the campaign trail both candidates have acknowledged it. the idea at the end of this whole process of the editorial board that four more years of an obama administration would change any of that, and particularly momentum on the economic front was just something that this board couldn't see. >> cenk: all right now everybody is here, ana kasparian, michael shure, jayar jackson, they join us for this conversation. as i listen to that i think that's one of the dumbest things i ever heard. now we have partisan gridlocks let's make sure that we award
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the republicans because they won't work with the democrats let's just award the republicans. >> you be are saying there is a partisan gridlock and then you want to give the guy that will give them what they want. i don't care what they're endorsing. i feel like as a newspaper you should not be endorsing anybody. i don't care in it's the editorial board i'm not interested in that. >> cenk: we discussed that earlier in the day. we know that newspapers have been endorsing candidates for a long time. why do they do that? >> generally the history of the newspaper endorsement was about the best chance for good change in that locality. if you were from iowa, and it was 1976, and they endorsed jimmy carter in 1976, they felt he would be a better president for iowa and des moiness. that was the paper of the state.
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they endorsed romney in the primaries this time. yes, it may be an arcane thing. maybe something whose time has past. but it was something that mattered before in politics, especially the "des moines register"." >> cenk: jayar, it looks like the republicans have a winning strategy. let's keep holding hostage and they'll give us what we want. >> the name of the change has changed. it seems like now it has become for their own interest. if the whole thing has changed the way it is, then they know who they have under their belt and check out the newspaper endorsement and see what happened yesterday. come on. >> cenk: also, if they want to get rid of gridlock, endorsic romney is right. the republicans will do what they want, and then gridlock goes away, but they're not pointing at the people who caused the gridlock in the first
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place. >> cenk: you're not a plumber. you're not a dentist this is your job. and it sounds like a great idea, let the oil companies run our energy policies, awesome. let's the banks run our financial policies, awesome. no things that are disappointing, and things we can't understand, here is a prediction on what is going to happen on the election. >> the burden of proof is against you that you're going to get re-elected. if the president is sitting at 47% at polls, boy i would be shocked if he won. >> cenk: you would be shocked? we just showed you that he has a 95% chance of having a lead in states that would give him 277 electoral votes. michael, what's wrong with these people? does he understand politics at all. >> i hear what he's saying. i'm not depending him but its
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surpriseing to see an incumbent president win at 47% in an election. but it's a it's an absurd thing to today. >> cenk: ee,today. >> cenk: gee, i wonder why people have lost faith in the pundits. but i seem to remember a host who predicted that joe walsh would lose. >> you said rocky anderson was going to win today. >> cenk: now i want to move on, we have other great stuff. president obama believes one of his winning strategyies is compromise compromise, compromise. we go back to the issue of hostage takers. the republicans say if you don't compromise with us you'll get nothing and then the country will crash, and the economy will be a shambles, and he rewards them at every turn. he went on his favorite program spike smerconish. i believe he has been on this
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program 87 times. >> someone is jealous. >> cenk: ana likes michael smerconish. former republican who is still right winged but not insanely right wing. he loves him. he goes on there and he said something that made at least me and jayar very anger. >> will you go to the first move. would you go to capitol hill? >> listen, i said to folks i'll go to capitol hill. i'll wash john boehner's car. i'll walk mitch mcconnell's dog. i'll do whatever is required to get this done. >> cenk: how do you feel about that jayar? >> maybe okay i'm expecting to hear that he cares so much about the country that he's willing to do this. how many times do you have to be disappointed and lose your morale in someone?
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i don't buy into that whole thing, you know, i am not voting because president obama has not done this, that and that. but when you do that it's hard to vote for someone like that. who are you for? and stop trying to appeal to someone who we know in the past and through the whole four years that president obama has been in office the way republicans compromise is to give me everything. when you're willing to wash cars and walk dogs, you're saying who you are. >> this is a complete page out of the bill clinton handbook. >> no, no. >> yes, it is. in electoral policies he said he would always like the enemy. into >> cenk: no, no, no. >> yes yes. >> cenk: bill clinton, i get
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that. trangulation, it isn't washing somecars. when rush limbaugh spoke clinton said, have at it ho ss. >> no, that's how he ran. >> cenk: that's not how he ran. >> i think things as serious as the economy people want someone who looks strong, and that comment does not make him look strong. >> cenk: and he says please, please, please and if you care about the politics, when president obama gets re-elected he's going to go back to giving them everything. i'll wash your car, but you have to leverage. >> and this is about being a candidate, not being a president. i think that's how he's being. >> it's visualization. let's go to this analogy.
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you're trying to buy a car. we all know that we don't trust car sales men like we don't frustrate politicians. this cars salesman says i'll throw this on and this and this. i think, what is wrong with this? you're doing a lot. this is shady. and it has nothing to do with what they're trying to get done. it doesn't make sense. >> cenk: there are a million problems that he is saying making me feel uncomfortable where the president is saying he'll wash their cars or walk their dogs, hell no. i'll kick their dogs--did i say that? can the romneys make more money if mitt romney gets elected president? and the answer right away is--of course! >> first came the news. >> the pro-life supporter had an affair with a patient a decade ago and after learning that she was pregnant urged her to have an abortion.
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cook what you love and save your money. joe doesn't know it yet, but he'll work his way up from busser to waiter to chef before opening a restaurant specializing in fish and game from the great northwest. he'll start investing early, he'll find some good people to help guide him, and he'll set money aside from his first day of work to his last, which isn't rocket science. it's just common sense. from td ameritrade. [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> cenk: a private equity company started by romney's oldest son and his fundraiser, and they're a little connected to him. i can show you more connections. mitt romney put $10 million in seed money it, and he was their featured speaker meaning he told all of his friends and connected folks don't worry these are my guys. go ahead and invest with them
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and giving strategic advice, donors and investors in this company. you can see how they're connected. there are more connections. do you remember the guy who threw the boca raton party where mitt romney made the 47% comment? he said that 80% of scooters did not meet medicare requirement. the good news under president obama's healthcare program we would save that $72 million. we would note give it in fraudulent claims. the american taxpayers saves half a billion dollars. mark leader do not like that. they want it to go from the american taxpayer and straight into their pocket and then call on you through the government. how much has the scooter store given in lobbying?
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they've given $900,000. i wonder why they care so much about mitt romney winning. leaders given romney $300,000 and restore our future pac romney's pac $225,000. by the way, without the medicare wasting money on this, as we have already found out they are scooter store would go out of business. these are these great free market capitalists that actually have terrible companies but they get propped up by the government, and they get people like mitt romney in office saying bad government, what a joke right mark? here is another $500 million from the american people. run your crappy company based on whatever contract you get. let's go to lee fong who wrote the story about it, the
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community writer, the erring fell low at the nation institute as well. lee, tell me about the cap first of all before we go to the scooter stores of the world, how they are connected and how it could make a difference if mitt romney is elected to those investors. >> thanks for having me. a lot of folks are concerned that donors will be able to cash out on the romney presidency. but basic hi they've positioned themselves as a nexus for this type of crony capitalism that you're talking about. a lot of tag romney's business partners are invested in all types of different companies that are predicated on billing the government many of them have been accused of overbilling or defrauding the government like the scooter store. whoever occupies the white house next year basically whatever they decide to do will make or break these companies business
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models or tag romney's profits. >> cenk: lee, as i look at that, and i think of all the stories we covered on "the young turks." a local paper in business, texas they say they would have been out of business if rick perry hadn't given them money from texas. and then the largest medicare fraud in american history how are we not seeing that the guys who are for the real crony capitalists are the same republicans who would benefit their donors but benefit themselves. what blind trust? don't they know that romney put $10 million in tag romney's, his son's company. >> he talks a good game on the campaign trail about smaller government shrinking the welfare rolls, but really this election if you study the different donaries to the romney campaign,
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and super pac, it's about shifting government resources and giving taxpayer money to profit earring firms. it's not just rick scott's firm or the scooter store. some of these companies like the for-profit college industry which is infamous for not only screwing over students but defrauding the government. these are billions of dollars of taxpayer monies going into the pockets of private equity firms and large companies. they're very dependent on what the government does. whoever occupies the white house can open or close the spigot of taxpayer money to these companies. that's the underbelly of this election. we talk about the war on women and these issues, but by the end of the day these executive orders are really what is at stake and why many of these donors are getting involved in this election. >> cenk: i want to touch on one
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last article that you wrote, lee. it's not just american donors, but it's foreign donors, as well. you wrote about how saudi arabian businesses might be influencing our election. >> one big spender in the election is a trade association it's called the american petroleum institute. despite the name "american," the board member is a saudi lobbyist he's a saudi national and he's help to go direct the american petroleum effort. they've been caught in transferring cash to these 501 c groups that are blanketing the states with ads. it's a convoluteed web but essentially 501 c groups can accept foreign money and be run by foreign lobbyists. that presents a massive loophole that allows foreign corporations and foreign donors to get involved in domestic election as
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soon as great, not just american companies buy our politicians but so do foreign companies and foreign investors run our politics as well. lee, thank you for joining us on "the young turks." >> thanks for having me. >> cenk: no problem at all. when we come back, updates on the storm with that crane hanging over the 57th street building that it perilous. we'll tell you more about it in new york new jersey, and all across the east coast. then later in the program we've got the elbow from the sky. and its landing on a republican's head for a very, very fun reason. i love the hypocrisy, i think you'll love it, too. to miss my show is if that's the only time you can get to a polling place. make sure that voting is your highest priority on election day. besides, you can always dvr my
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[ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> cenk: some quick updates on the storm. the crane we have been showing you on 57th street. they're worried about that because the winds have picked up substantially, and they're worried where that might fall. mayor bloomberg said everyone should get indoors 54th street and down in manhattan has gone dark now. substantial flooding throughout new york city, including the brooklyn battery tunnel is now flooded, apparently. so this storm is very serious. that's why i was so angry earlier in the show about the fact that they have done nothing
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on climate change, unfortunately, for a long, long time. to end the show on a lighter note let's talk about republican hip treasehypocrisy. the king is joe dejarlais. he is pro-life and then we find out he has asked one of his mistresses to get an abortion--oops. and then another mistress came out. >> the pro-life supporter had an affair with a patient a decade ago. after learning she was pregnant urged her to get an abortion. >> and now? >> tennessee's oldest and largest conservative organization is mounting a campaign to force the regular he's nation of scott desjarlais. >> desjarlais is not only a hypocrite but a fraud.
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>> cenk: the thing that is unethical is he's picking up women while he's a doctor. that's a no-no--well that and the abortion thing. while he's the doctor he's seducing one of his patients. then when they get pregnant he tells them to get an abortion. the idiot recorded it himself. and he's still running as a family--candidate. how about mistress number one. and mistress number three. i can't wait for mistress number three and mistress number four. if you are actually conservative how do you vote
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